Since time immemorial, the history of the Okanagan began, long before the arrival of the Europeans. We are the Syilx-speaking people – the original inhabitants of a vast and beautiful territory that encompasses forests, grasslands, lakes and desert. For thousands of years, the Okanagan people were self-reliant and well provided for through their own ingenuity and use of the land and nature. We lived united as a nation with a whole economy, travelling the breadth and depth of our territory, hunting and fishing, growing and harvesting, crafting and trading to meet our needs.
The Okanagan Nation Alliance is pleased to host the Annual Salmon Feast and Celebration on behalf of the Okanagan Nation. The gathering will be held September 19-21, 2014 at sxwexwnitkw (Okanagan Falls Provincial Park).
It is one of the goals of the Okanagan Nation to preserve the traditions and culture of the Syilx people. We hope to carry on the work that the Elders started and continue with snxa?l’iwlem (honouring the sacredness of the river), by having Syilx people gathered at one of our traditional fishing camps. With the continued release of the Sockeye Salmon into Skaha Lake, it is vitally important that we honour the salmon so they will always come back to feed the people.
First Nations Chiefs, Elders, Youth, community leaders and those working to support children and families will begin a direction action on February 14, 2014 at sites across the province.
The Okanagan Nation Alliance has attempted to engage the Ministry of…
January 16, 2014
The Okanagan Nation Alliance is the host to the Stream to Sea program for the Okanagan region. This program supports 11 schools in the Okanagan who teach their students to understand, respect and…